Is there something specific that you want to do? For example do you want to …..
- Make an area around where you live look and feel better
- Meet new people
- Try something new
- Do something with your spare time
- See a different way of life and visit new places
- Have a go at the kind of role you might want to do as a paid employee
- Expand your interests and hobbies
- Do something that you’re good at
Having answers to some of these questions will help you narrow down your search for the right volunteering opportunity and help you to consider your goals; matching your personality and interests.
You will have a richer and more enjoyable volunteering experience if you first take some time to identify your goals and interests. Start by thinking about why you want to volunteer and the types of roles you would enjoy doing; volunteer opportunities that match both your goals and your interests are most likely to be fun and fulfilling for you.
Don’t be afraid to ask questions. You want to make sure that the experience is right for your skills, your goals, and the time you want to spend. If you have any questions, be sure to ask about time commitment, whether there is any training involved, who you will be volunteering with, and what to do if you have questions during your experience.
Make sure you know what’s expected and make sure you are comfortable with the organisation, and understand the time commitment. Consider starting small so that you don’t over commit yourself.
Don’t be afraid to make a change. Speak up if your experience isn’t what you expected, you do not have to continue. Talk to the organisation about changing your focus or consider looking for another match.
For information about volunteering while on benefits: https://www.ncvo.org.uk/ncvo-volunteering/volunteering-and-benefits
For more information about volunteer placements, rights and expenses: https://www.gov.uk/volunteering
Above all enjoy yourself and, most importantly, make sure you’re having fun! The best volunteer experiences benefit both the volunteer and the organisation.